Weeping Willow Trees
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weeping willow tree

Zone Huntingtonmills, PA 18655 | memenick added on March 31, 2016 | Answered

We have a weeping willow tree that we bought as just about 2 feet. It had a hard time, then we thought it was dead and then it grew three growths from the bottom. Now 3 years later, it is about 9 feet tall, healthy and no problems. We are just wondering if we should cut any of the trunks off at the bottom or just leave it alone. Thank you, Meme

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on April 1, 2016

Many Weeping Willow Trees that are sold for home gardens are actually grafted trees.
It may be that your grafted portion (the top tree) actually did die and you suspected and that the tree shoots that you report are growing from the root stock.
Can you see the graft line? It is generally a 'knot' or bulge in the trunk.
If the growth is coming from below this area of the trunk, it is the root stock that is growing.
If you see no grafting point on the trunk, the tree may have been started from a cutting.
You will want to select one good strong leader trunk and cut the remaining back to the trunk.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/common-weeping-trees.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/willow/how-to-prune-willow-trees.htm

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